Mobile, Ala. – The Mobile Sports Authority (MSA) attracted, supported and/or hosted a record 40 sports events for the recently completed 2019 fiscal year, generating an estimated $22.3 million for the Mobile-area economy.
Twenty-two different sports in all age brackets comprised an event schedule that included everything from cross country and gymnastic meets, to volleyball, football, cycling — even a turkey-calling championship. Of the 40 events, 21 were either first or second-time events for Mobile.
The Fiscal Year 2019 numbers represent one of the most successful years reported by either the Mobile Sports Authority or its predecessor organization, the Mobile Area Sports Commission, dating back to 1998.
“Since Fiscal 2012, the MSA has attracted, hosted, managed, or co-managed 232 sporting events, which have provided an estimated $154+ million economic boost for the Mobile area,” said Danny Corte, executive director of the MSA.
To cap off an already successful year, the second annual Gulf Coast Challenge Powered by the Mobile Sports Authority was played at historic Ladd-Peebles Stadium on Sept. 28, 2019.
The football game, featuring Central State University and Alabama A&M University, attracted more than 11,500 fans, including visitors from 19 states. With an estimated $3.1 million generated for the Mobile-area economy, the annual Gulf Coast Challenge is once again the most economically impactful event hosted by the MSA.
About the Mobile Sports Authority
The MSA is a non-profit sports commission formed in 2009 by the Mobile County Commission. For more information, visit mobilesportsauthority.com.